Ashrak, on Sep 9 2009, 11:22 PM, said:
I'm with Eville. Let's bring Vigilante justice back and let PMCs patrol our streets!
I would say Militia, but I'm cool with PMCs too.
Seriously, if you want an example of private sectors handling law enforcement, look at the Rodney King riots in LA. Looting, burning, and a few Korean shopkeepers with SKSs. The private sector is no longer equipped to handle security like it once was.
And all socialist benefits are equal to everyone? I highly doubt it. Homes in the city have a police response time measured in minutes, usually 5-10. Where I live, less than 20 minutes from the city limits, takes over an hour for police response, and I know that from experience. Equal my ass.
As for the OP's question, it was not government mandated socialism, but rather voluntary socialism, which I actually am not averse to, and indeed see it as a good solution in some situations. The difference was, you could leave when you wanted to go do your own thing, and you were not FORCED to give up the fruits of your labor. Granted it might make the neighbors less friendly, but if you had a personal garden, you could hoard all the food you wanted from it. Many shared out of kindness and compassion extended to their neighbors, but the government did not come around collecting your private property and distributing it as a committee saw fit. Community grown food was shared equally. If you took the extra initiative to grow yourself a few extra tomato bushes, those were yours to keep or share as you saw fit.
In closing, voluntary socialism is a viable and practical solution in some instances. A good community with good neighbors can overcome many things.
Government mandated socialism, a more totalitarian form, is simply the powers that be exerting their power to live of the common man's labor.
This post has been edited by PistolWhipped: 09 September 2009 - 08:56 PM